Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip, 29 October 2000

Subject: Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip, 29 October 2000
From: Tim Reid <>
Date: Thu, 02 Nov 2000 09:56:03 +1100
Report of Eaglehawk Neck pelagic trip on 29 October 2000

Group seabird excursion on "Pauletta"; people on board: David Walker, Chris Lester (Victoria), Jeff Gore, Rick Swales, Tim Reid, George Appleby, Don Knowles, Bill Wakefield, Michael Dempsey, Ross and Joan Mullholland (Victoria), Barrie Rose (South Africa), Barry Watkins (South Africa).

Weather: Mostly fine and sunny (~2/8 cloud). Wind WSW force 4. Sea F4 with 2-3m swell from SW.

Sea temps 13.0-13.4oC.

Departed Pirates Bay jetty 0710 and headed east to shelf edge at 0930 at 43o06S 148o15E. At 1100 moved behind travalla drop-line vessel, where most birds were encountered. Returned to Pirates Bay at about 1600.

Many Short-tailed Shearwaters seen, looking no more or less hungry than normal (except for one which had taken to swimming on its back), most albatrosses observed behind the drop line vessel. Good views obtained of all species.

Birds seen (with maximum in brackets):

Wandering Albatross             3(2)
Southern Royal Albatross        5(2) (inc. 1 st1 with the NRA)
Northern Royal Albatross        1(1)
Shy Albatross                   50(21)
Salvin's Albatross              1(1)
Black-browed Albatross (impavida)       5(3)
Northern Giant-petrel           2(2)
Southern Giant-petrel           2(2)
Cape Petrel (capense)           2(1)
Great-winged Petrel (gouldi)    2(1)
Fairy Prion                     20(5)
White-chinned Petrel            5(2)
Short-tailed Shearwater 10,000 (give or take a lot)
Sooty Shearwater                6(1)
Grey-backed Storm-petrel        4(2)
Wilson's Storm-petrel           4(2)
Common Diving-petrel            5(2)
Australasian Gannet             30(15)
Dominican Gull          10(5)
Pacific Gull                    2(1)
Silver Gull                     1(1)
Crested Tern                    10(4)
Black-faced Shag                100(35)

Mammals seen
Australian Fur-seal 1
Bottlenose Dolphin 1

Tim Reid.
Nature Conservation Branch (Marine)
Department of Primary Industry, Water and Environment
PO Box 44a

phone:  0011-61-3-62336018
fax:    0015-61-3-62333477

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